Making the most of the Peak District this summer

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As the school holidays begin the national park is seeing a huge influx of visitors coming to enjoy its untamed countryside.

Tourism is one of the biggest factors in the Peak District economy.

Research compiled by the STEAM model, used by the tourism industry, revealed that in 2011, tourism generated £1.7billion for the Peak District and Derbyshire. It also showed that the number of people working in the industry was just over 27,000 and alost 39 million people visited the area.

At the start of 2013, Visit Peak District and Derbyshire, the area’s official tourism board, launched a new campaign targetting potential visitors from Birmingham and Manchester.

David James, the tourism board’s chief executive, said: “Early indications suggest it could have had a positive impact on encouraging new visits to our website – the number of unique visitors in May 2013 was up by almost 40 per cent ont eh same period last year.”

However it is not just visitors who will be enjoying the Peak District this summer.

With the six weeks holidays underway, High Peak residents are looking for family–friendly activities to keep the kids amused.

For this, High Peak Borough Council has come to the rescue with a summer schedule of free events.

The My Summer programme runs until Friday, August 30, offering a mixture of sports, community–based activities and work introductions, as well as two free trips to Rope Race in Marple where young people can try their hand at canoeing and rock climbing.

Organised by the council’s housing services team, the events take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Gamesley and Fairfield and every Tuesday and Thursday on Chapel Lane Park, in Hadfield.

Councillor Anthony McKeown, executive member for community services, said: “Our programme of events is perfect for young people and their families looking to fill their holidays with fun activities which won’t cost a penny.

“There’s a range of things to get involved in and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to support it again this year. I’m sure this year’s events will prove just as successful as they were last summer.”

For more information about what’s on offer please pick up a leaflet from Gamesley or Fairfield neighbourhood offices or check the website www.highpeak.gov.uk

Anyone wishing to take part in the Rope Race activities is advised to book in advance by calling 01457 851601 or 01298 28480.